About JA Boy$
Empowering males to means.
JA Boy$ is a Junior Achievement initiative dedicated to increasing knowledge and building skills in financial literacy, career preparation, and entrepreneurship within an all-male setting.
JA Boy$ provides an environment that better suits boys' learning patterns than a traditional classroom. This alternative setting addresses the gaps in grades, discipline, and reading/writing that threaten boys' future successes.
JA Boy$ partners with classrooms, youth organizations, and all-boys groups and pairs them with trained male volunteers, who in turn serve as role models and teach boys about money, careers and entrepreneurship. Boys and young men gain the necessary skills and confidence to succeed in the workplace and in life.
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JA Boy$ volunteers serve as father figures, mentors, and role models to boys and young men in Jacksonville.
Classroom and Afterschool Volunteer opportunities. Sign up as a JA Boy$ volunteer and we will connect you with a classroom ready to meet you!
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Why an all-male classroom setting?
From kindergarten through sixth grade, boys spend more than 1,000 hours a year in school -- environments that are largely feminine with female teachers, and curricula that emphasizes reading, writing and verbal ability, areas where boys develop more slowly than girls.
- Boys mature more slowly than girls and as a result are slower to achieve cognitive milestones than girls their same age,
- Males use, on average, half the brain space that females use for verbal-emotive functioning,
- Boys are slower to develop impulse control than girls,
- Boys lateralize brain activity; they are structured to compartmentalize learning. Thus, girls tend to multitask better than boys do, with fewer attention span problems and greater ability to make quick transitions between lessons.
- The male brain is better suited for symbols, abstractions, diagrams, pictures, and objects moving through space than for the monotony of words
These typical "boy" qualities in the brain help illustrate:
- why boys generally learn higher math and physics more easily than most girls do when those subjects are taught abstractly on the chalkboard;
- why more boys than girls play video games that involve physical movement and even physical destruction;
- and why more boys than girls tend to get in trouble for impulsiveness, shows of boredom, and fidgeting as well as for their more generalized inability to listen, fulfill assignments, and learn in the verbal-emotive world of the contemporary classroom.
Boys and their Fathers
Fathers play a unique role in the lives of boys and are particularly important in the development of future success.
- Children whose fathers are both emotionally close and highly involved are more likely to go to college and get advanced degrees. They are also less likely to commit delinquent acts.
- Research shows that the most influential factor in developing a boy's empathy is having a father who is involved in the child care.
- Roughhousing (safe, active play) is highly arousing for boys and is thought to be important to both cognitive and emotional development.
- Of all the people in a boy's life, sons identified their father as the person to whom they would least likely confide their true feelings.
Read more: Ten tips to help boys succeed at school
Supporting Our Sons Inc.
ASCD, Educational Leadership, "Closing Achievement Gaps", November 2004 Vol. 62 No. 3